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It started with......
23-SEP-2009

It started with......

My obsession with photography began with this. It was my first camera, a Christmas present from my parents when I
was about fourteen. There was no focusing, no settings so I guess it was the original point and shoot.
The picture quality probably wasn't great but it captured memories as well photographs. I used it to take photographs of my family and friends, dogs, cats, horses and cows. It captured my days at school, summer holidays in the Gaeltacht, life at collage and my first trip overseas to London.
Eventually, having been set loose on the streets of Dublin with an OM10 one afternoon as the photography module of our journalism course, I decided I wanted something better. When I began working I bought an Olympus Trip and then progressed to an OM10. They were both great cameras and I still have them but I never really got ' the magic of film' as I never processed my own images. Instead there was the wait and the cost of leaving rolls into the chemist to be developed. Of course, that had its own benefit as it taught me not to 'waste' shots and to pay attention to composition and exposure.

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Sheila29-Sep-2009 21:56
Oh this brings back memories. I got my first Instamatic with cigarette coupons!
Barry Moore29-Sep-2009 13:21
I have a similar story. The instamatic was however a "free gift". I was 14 and we all went to a sales talk to buy investment property. Dad never bought the property (the scheme went bust also) but I got the camera as I had nagged Dad and Mum to go. It was lots of fun.... but gone now. I moved on to a Haminex SLR (AKA Practica) with screw mount manual lens in 1976. Took slides and made every one count until 1980, then on to an OM1. I also have an olympus trip 35.
LynnH29-Sep-2009 12:19
Wonderful story! You can see the common thread among us. Let's remember that first camera, a gift... and pass that on. Here is a chance to give our children that first camera, and let them experience the world of photography. Christmas is coming!
I would also like to point out to everyone, that we should never be "camera snobs". An artist uses whatever means to create his masterpiece. You don't judge a good photographer by the price of his equipment.
Neal Nye29-Sep-2009 11:19
Learning photography with film is like learning to drive with a manual transmission or learning DOS on a computer. Not much used anymore, but you gain a an understanding of how things work. It's a fascinating story you told.
Ali Majdfar29-Sep-2009 09:14
This is a treasure to be preserved! ~V
Peter Sussex28-Sep-2009 21:45
Now I feel what a pity that I don't have my first Russian camera I started with. Enviable toy you have!
Johnny JAG28-Sep-2009 20:27
I'm sure we had one of those too, I remember that cheap and nasty shutter button.
Valene24-Sep-2009 03:03
Wonderful capture of your camera. I have one of those too! V
Walter O. Koenig24-Sep-2009 00:46
Great memories. Be sure to hang on to it.
routerer24-Sep-2009 00:02
I agree with Keith, i've been there too.
My first camera was one of those 110 things with a negative the size of a pinhead.
My only defence is that I just didn't know any better, and no one told me either.
I moved on eventually to a 35mm Minolta SLR with all the problems of cost and waiting for the chemist to develop the 24pic roll of film or if on a "Big Shoot" heh heh a 36 pic roll, and then excitedly calling for my fotos and the pain and disappointment of looking thro them.
With the advent of the digital era, I can honestly say "We've never had it soooooo good".
Thanks for the painful memories Mairead heh heh heh.
john.
pkocinski23-Sep-2009 23:44
From the hometown of Kodak - thanks! It's a story many of us have experienced as well.
David Hobbs23-Sep-2009 23:29
I am a fellow Kodak Instamatic and OM10 user from way back. Loved the story AND the pic of course. Thanks for the nostalgia.
Keith O'Brien23-Sep-2009 22:55
Been there, done that, got the T-shirt - but couldn't describe it as well as you have - thanks for bring back some memories Mairead! V
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